Speak As One Having Authority
Paul L. Garlington
 
“And they were amazed at His teaching; for He was teaching them as one having authority, and not as the scribes. And just then there was in their synagogue a man with an unclean spirit; and he cried out, saying, “What do we have to do with You, Jesus of Nazareth? Have You come to destroy us? I know who You are—the Holy One of God!’ And Jesus rebuked him, saying, ‘Be quiet, and come out of him!’ And throwing him into convulsions, the unclean spirit cried out with a loud voice, and came out of him. And they were all amazed, so that they debated among themselves, saying, ‘What is this? A new teaching with authority! He commands even the unclean spirits, and they obey Him.’ ” (Mk 1:22-27)

Notice the amazement expressed over the fact that Jesus was demonstrating a new teaching. Not just any new teaching, but a new teaching with authority. What ensures that our words have power, just as Jesus’ words did? How can we “speak as one having authority”? The answer is contained in the wisdom of the scriptures.

As we look at this passage, notice that first of all, JESUS SPOKE. Whether He was teaching, healing, performing miracles, or just generally setting people free, Jesus did it all by speaking. Even if He touched them, He spoke. In liberating people through the spoken word, Jesus reveals the language of dominion. This takes us back to Genesis where God, having made male and female in His image and in His likeness said, “Let them have dominion.” This dominion is still for today, and not for some indeterminate, future era. We are to demonstrate here and now dominion. So when Mark says, “These signs will accompany those who have believed;...they will speak with new tongues,” this is not a reference to Pentecostals, charismatics, or any other elite group. This new tongue is the language of dominion, when we speak as One having authority.

Now before we can proceed, we all have to settle once and for all that like it or not, we all speak with unquestioning authority with respect to negative things. Notice that we seldom, if ever, entertain any doubt that the negative things we speak will happen. With power and authority, we decree the undesirable thing into existence. When it comes to good things, however, we agonize and toil over doubts and mental reservations. Is it any wonder that Jesus said, “You shall know the truth and the truth shall make you free”?

Secondly, Jesus not only spoke, but He spoke AS ONE. In other words, He wasn’t speaking as if there were two entities involved (i.e., He and the Father). Jesus spoke as though He and the Father were one unit. He said, “I can do nothing of Myself (i.e., total negation of any possibility of action or mentality apart from the Father).” Moreover, Jesus is saying most emphatically that the Father is speaking and doing all things AS Him. This is completely different from what has been the historical interpretation of, “My Father works, hitherto I work.” In fact, I use to think that this statement required two: The Father working, and Jesus who, having watched the Father, emulating what the Father did. I now understand the true meaning of Jesus’ message. The revelation that revolutionizes is the fact that the same Father who “worked” AS Jesus, “is working” now AS us. “I Am the vine, ye are the branches.” He is the root AND the offspring of David. There is only one. Moses speaks to this when he recalls the conversation with God about the golden calf. God says to Moses, “The people you brought out [of Egypt] have corrupted themselves.” Moses says to God, “Au contraire, the people you brought out.” Okay, who did it?! Since there is only One and the One functions as the many, obviously God did it.

Thirdly, Jesus not only spoke as One, but He spoke as One HAVING AUTHORITY. When He spoke, sickness fled at His word. The multitudes were fed and Lazarus came forth through the simple expression of heartfelt gratitude, “Thank you Father, You’ve already heard Me.” There cannot be transformation of our world without self transformation. We must speak as One having authority a word consistent with truth.

“Now Elijah the Tishbite, who was of the settlers of Gilead, said to Ahab, ‘As the Lord, the God of Israel lives (please notice that he begins with God), before whom I stand (meaning he is totally committed as a servant to the One God besides whom there is none other), surely there will be neither dew nor rain these years, except by my word.’” (1Kng 17:1) Heretofore, I have tended to think about this passage in the context of a one time event, but now I understand what the Apostle Paul meant when he said, “For whatever was written in earlier times was written for our instruction, that through perseverance and the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope.” (Rom 15:4) Here, therefore, is the lesson: If there is no dew nor rain, nothing lives. The streams, rivers, lakes dry up. Nothing grows, everything dies. Hence, nothing can live in your world, except by your word. If there is anything in your life experience that is alive and well, it is there by your word. If it leaves, it leaves by your word, and yours alone. So while James says, Elijah prayed earnestly that it might not rain, this scripture reference says Elijah spoke and said there won’t be dew or rain. Isn’t it obvious that earnest prayer IS speaking the word as one having authority?! WE MUST STOP DEVALUING OUR WORD.

Nothing of kingdom reality can exist in your world except by your word. In preparation for this new lifestyle, the scripture says, “Yield now and be at peace (KJV says, “Acquaint now thyself with Him [the One besides whom there is none other] and be at peace...”) with Him...” (Job 22:21-27) To yield means to concede totally without mental reservation that God is the One and only power. You cannot allow in your thinking, even the remotest possibility of, another power, presence or intelligence. All mental reservation, no matter how slight, will guarantee continuous failure. Every problem is directly related to what I call the “Ananias and Sapphira Syndrome” which is holding back part of the price. If you are still hedging your bets, just in case God might not come through for you, you have not acquainted yourself with the One to the point that you are ready to concede without reservation that there is no other power.

Continuing, “Please receive instruction from His mouth, and establish His words in your heart...” Did you notice that these words must be established in your heart, not just your mind? Intellectual conviction is not enough; His words must be so deeply rooted in your heart that you feel its reality. How do you know when this has happened? Quite simply, you feel the joy that it is so now. When something is established in your heart, be it good or bad, you FEEL it. Fear is a painful, tormenting experience. Trust me, when you have fear, no matter how slight, you will feel it. Hence, when you have a conviction that results from yielding to the truth that God is One, you cannot help but feel joy indescribable. Surely, “There is joy and peace in believing.”

“If you return to the Almighty, you will be restored.” You must return to God AS the Almighty. In order for God to be Almighty, there cannot be another power. Now, what will happen when you, without mental reservation, return to the Almighty? You will be restored, and built up in every facet of your life. Total restoration always comes when we return to the One.

“If you remove unrighteousness far from your tent...” Unrighteousness, which is the acknowledgment of another power besides the One God, always leads to the consciousness of NOT being all that the gospel/God says you are now. “Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous his thoughts, and let him return to the Lord, and He will have compassion on him; and to our God, for He will abundantly pardon.” (Is 55:7) You must remove those thoughts far from your tent. “...And place your gold (i.e., any value you place in those thoughts) in the dust,...Then the Almighty will be your gold and choice silver to you...Then you will delight in the Almighty (as the only One), and lift up your face to God. [Then] you will pray to Him, and He will hear you.”

And so we have established the following:
  1. Yield to the truth that God is One and besides Him there is none other;
  2. Establish this truth in your heart, with all your heart, to the end that you are literally beside yourself with joy unspeakable and full of glory;
  3. Experience the inevitable restoration and rebuilding that ensues when we return to the Almighty, having removed unrighteousness far from our tent; and
  4. Delight in the Almighty God by celebrating with joy, in total abandon, the truth of one God, one power, one presence, and none else.
This then brings us back to, “He spoke as one having authority.” What will happen when you get to this point? “You will decree a thing, and it will be established for you.” (Job 22:28) You can’t help it! Having begun by yielding to, and acquainting yourself with the One, while delighting in this truth, you will automatically discover yourself speaking the word of authority that transforms your world.

Begin now to decree daily, “I am sovereign in my world. Nothing exists in my world, except by my word.” Do you see it? Your world is the world of your experience. If you are experiencing anything in your world that you don’t like, you are the sovereign one who decreed it. And when you decide it cannot be there anymore, simply do what Jesus did in the presence of the barren fig tree and decree that nothing barren or unfruitful can continue in your world forever. By your word, things undesirable exit your world; and by your word, and your word alone, things enter your world. You are the one who must say, “Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done, in earth as it is in heaven.” “There will be neither dew nor rain except by your word.”

Are you speaking as one having authority? Whether you accept it or not, your word has power. What do you choose to speak into your world?

 
 

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